January is a month of resolutions and while there's been a lot of talk about health and fitness—and some big travel roundups too, it's not often that we consider the role of health in travel. To help your grand health and travel plans come together, we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you travel healthier and smarter.
Whether it’s the recirculated air in the plane or the germ-ridden surfaces, flying can be hazardous to your health. If you’re planning on taking a short flight consider traveling by bus or train instead—though there’s always a risk you might get sick, the air system is different and you have the option to open a window (on buses) or move to a different car (on trains) when someone starts sneezing. Buses and trains are almost always cheaper and less of a hassle too. Use this great website, rome2rio.com, to find out which route is best.
There are a handful of benefits to flying at night—typically lower rates, less crowded airports and the potential to sleep through the flight—but what many people don’t realize is that there are also fewer delays during the morning and night. After analyzing 6 million flights, experts recommend avoiding flights between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. to dodge delays that get worse as the day goes on.
How do you avoid luggage fees, skip the line at the lost luggage counter and ditch the concept of toting two big bags around your destination? Pack one carry-on bag and don’t check anything.
If you miss the comforts of home when you travel, have trouble falling asleep or just hate the idea of your face making direct contact with a hotel pillow case, then bring your own. A pillowcase from home barely takes up any space in your bag but it’s a familiar comfort that can be invaluable on the road.
From flying in an airplane with limited humidity to walking the streets of a foreign city for hours on end, travelers are prone to dehydration, often without even realizing it. Carry on an empty refillable water bottle and fill it once you’re through security (and whenever it’s empty) so you’ll always have water handy. Just make sure the water you’re using is safe to drink.
Whether you prefer Airborne, Emergen-C or something a little more old school, keep supplements on hand to give your immune system a boost through the flights and long travel days.
TSA Precheck—and other programs—turn the airport security process from a total nightmare into an almost enjoyable experience. Keep on your shoes, belt and coat and make it to your gate that much sooner.
Most of us know not to waste our precious travel time sleeping until noon, but getting up extra early has some often overlooked benefits. Hitting typically busy attractions in the morning will help you beat the lines, you’ll be able to capture better photos due to the soft diffused morning light and even dodgy areas are less dangerous in the morning when people are starting to open up shop.
Some hotel bundles are overrated, but the deals that include breakfast are always a good choice. Having breakfast included in the hotel rate not only saves you money, but it helps start your day with a substantial meal and healthy options. Fill up at breakfast, eat a moderate-sized lunch and then a light dinner—it’s good for your health and budget.
If you’re staying in one spot for a while, find a place with a kitchen or kitchenette. You’ll save money and can ensure you have access to healthy food.